Designers Discuss the Best Part of Working in the Design Field

"Educating the consumer on products and explaining the design process is the best part of my job. The greatest compliment I received was when a client said, ‘It’s totally not what I expected, but it’s so me!’”

Torry Manzo

Renaissance Kitchen and Home

East Norriton, PA


"I love the manipulation of space to create a marriage of function and beauty. I love the careful compromise of utilizing space available, but allowing for the rest that is so necessary to prevent the overcrowded look. I design kitchens as if I were composing a piece of literature or music: I provide a focus point, matching themes and necessary pauses.”

Helen Lundstrom, CKD


Kitchens & More

Barrington, IL


"Creativity and problem solving make the day interesting, challenging and fun. No day is ever like another.”

Sabine Duran

Camino Verde Designs

Harrisville, NH


"I love getting to help customers select finishes and put everything together. I also enjoy seeing the joy on my customers’ faces when the project is complete and we achieve the kitchen or bath of their dreams!”

Sara Jensen, interior designer


Chesaning, MI


"The best part of my job is getting to deal with such a diverse clientele and putting myself to the test every time I’m handed a project…whether it’s an apartment or a $3 million home.”

Michael Panitch

general manager/lead designer

Chicago Kitchen Concepts

Chicago, IL


"The best part is being able to help clients realize the type of project they dream of, and being able to work on a budget to design the kitchen or bath they’ve always wanted. We often have people contact us months after projects are completed to tell us how much they’ve enjoyed living in the completed project.”

Mark Amos, partner/designer

M&M Design Studio

Cincinnati, OH


"I love watching the clients discover my vision, then working with them to personalize it. I love the interaction and watching the creativity come out of them. It’s amazing!”

Gary P. Hartz, owner

Kitchens for Cooks

Residential Design Services

Everett, WA


"I get to help people create a beautiful new environment for themselves. It brings lots of satisfaction when they feel inspired by their new space.”

Laura Wallace, owner

Kitchen Design by Laura

Sarasota/Manatee County, FL


"Every day is something new! Everyone has different tastes in style and different needs/wants, so no two designs are the same. And, with the ever-changing trends and new product developments, my job is never repetitive.”

Mary Skurecki

kitchen/bath designer

Maclaren Fabrication

West Chester, PA


"As an independent designer, I get to work with individual homeowners to solve their kitchen and bath problems. I love helping them figure out a new way to live in their space.”

Sandy Hayes, CMKBD, owner

Hayes Designs

Portland, OR


"The anticipation and ‘unknown’ that clients have fuels not only my creativity, but my business sense. Our business is based on referrals and repeat customers so our goals include staying on time, keeping within budget and providing a great finished project.”

Jennifer Miller

kitchen/bath designer

Urban Kitchens

Oklahoma City, OK


"I love the creative collaborative process. I get to transform lives by dramatically transforming key spaces in people’s homes. Drawings, beautiful materials and the relationships that develop throughout the design process give me joy.”

Lynne Stryker, CKD

owner, principal designer

Spaces Into Places

St. Paul, MN


"I love making homeowners happy. They have been waiting a long time to remodel and finally they are doing it. Seeing it happen in front of their eyes, and seeing the kitchen or bath they have been dreaming of come true…this is the best part of my job.”

Jill Silvas

sales designer

Ultimate Kitchen and Bath

San Jose, CA